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Last year was my first full year of disc golf and the first time I played competitively. I paid hundreds of dollars in league fees, tournament fees, Ace Pot fees, PayPal fees and the rest. So how did I do?? I tied for last at Base Camp Open, was not the most popular dubz partner in league, embarrassed myself at a Trilogy Challenge with an unprecedented display of bad putting and have a pile of stickers, minis and orphaned player pack plastic for my time, money and trouble.
And you know what? I loved every minute of it! Well not every minute, the putting thing sucked, and I questioned my sanity at The Devens Ice Bowl, but all and all I loved it. I mean really loved it.
So I was thinking, what did I get FOR the fees, the long drives, the muddy fairways, and piles of plastic I don't use?
You Guys! Yep you. I got something last year better than plastic and better than 11$ for placing 5th in AM2, I got friends! Some are Facebook friends now, some I say hi to at a tourney (but I forgot their name) some we now have a beer or two after the round is over. Chris Mergz, Ladroga, Blaze and Lisa, Tony Two Putts, Marty, Trent, Titan, Brian, Jim, Drew, Bill and Norma, Matt, the guy that found my disc and called, the guys at Beaver Lanes…and it goes on and on. And thats just the people I met at events!!
And before I met You Guys at other course, I met These Guys at Otter Brook. These guys taught me the game, these guys have worked their asses off on weekends building tees with me, these guys shoot the shit about plastic for 20 minutes when I see them at the supermarket. These guys are now some of my best friends. Too many to even list.
So that is what I "got" for my AM2 and league fees last year. A bunch of plastic, and the most eclectic, and diverse bunch of crazy mother fuckers that are my brothers in this great game we love.
And I think it was a hell of a deal!!!